Day 3 of the Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting, with the eponymous race taking place at 3.40.
Historically this race is dominated by the High Numbers (which, to clarify the headline was the original name of The Who) and those runners with a single figure draw may as well stay in their warm boxes – cue a 1-2-3 finish for the far side.
Our first pick for this race is the horse drawn 29 (of 28), namely Arqoob.
William Jarvis‘ 4-y-o was a 33-1 winner of a Sandown handicap in July and ran its best race ever last time out when a staying on third at Yarmouth off today’s mark. The booking of star claimer Connor Planas together with the plum draw suggests an each way bet is in order at 16-1.
Our other pick is the course specialist Bell Rock, which just about scrapes into the draw statistic from Trap 19.
Andrew Balding‘s 6-y-o has already had two goes in this race, finishing 3rd and 18th (poor draw) from a rating in the high hundreds, whereas today it’s just 97, reduced even further by young Callum‘s 5lb claim. As lay outs go, this looks meticulous and an each way bet at 14-1 is recommended.
TV action kicks off with the Royal Lodge Stakes at 1.50 which can safely be left to the 1-3 favourite Flying Honours.
The first of two Group 1s follows at 2.25, the Cheveley Park Stakes over 6f.
Fighting it out at the head of the market are Meditate and Trillium at 2-1 each and this leaves, we think, Swingalong overpriced at 11-1.
Karl Burke‘s representative has crossed swords with Trillium before, finishing strongly into 4th behind the Hannon runner at Newbury in July, but that was before Swingalong learned what was expected of her.
Since then she has taken a Thirsk novice by 6 lengths, beating a subsequent Group 3 winner and then pouched the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York, after which today’s race was nominated as the next target.
Let’s try a little each way, shall we?
The Middle Park Stakes is next up and the market has it as a three horse race. Of those three, our trusty pin has landed on Mischief Magic from the all conquering Charlie Appleby yard.
Impressive winner of his last three races, including a Group 3 last time out, this son of Exceed And Excel looks ready for a go at a Group 1 and we suggest a win bet at 5-2.
Just two races are on view at Haydock, starting with the Old Boston Handicap at 2.05, which has a field of 12.
Our strong fancy for this is Auditor from the Meade yard.
This 3-y-o won two 7f handicaps at Newmarket before running a good second over a mile at Newbury, behind a big improver which easily followed up next time.
Ridden by yesterday’s hero Sean Levy, we have seen many worse 15-2 shots in our time. Get on each way, please.
Final televised race is the Lester Piggott First To Last Handicap at 2.40, over the minimum trip.
Sometimes, folks, you just have to do something you know you shouldn’t really do, so we are gonna recommend an each way bet on a horse that hasn’t won since 2020 – 28 runs ago.
That’s the bad news – the good news is it’s the best handicapped horse by miles and ran out of its skin just 13 days ago. Cross all available digits and get on Count d’Orsay at 9-2.
Bon chance, mes amis.
Arqoob 3.40 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (7 places Hills, 365, Boyle)
Bell Rock 3.40 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (7 places Hills, 365, Boyle)
Swingalong 2.25 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 11-1
Mischief Magic 3.00 Newmarket 2pts win @ 5-2
Auditor 2.05 Haydock 2pts e/w @ 15-2 (4 places)
Count d’Orsay 2.40 Haydock 2pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)